Soft Pretzel Bites

Soft Pretzel Bites

I’ve seen some similar soft pretzel recipes in the blog world recently, and for good reason. These soft pretzel bites would make a great snack for the Superbowl!  They taste just like soft pretzels, but in miniature form. They’re chewy and salty and perfect for dipping.

They’re also surprisingly easy to make. Immersing all of the tiny pretzels in a baking soda/water bath was a little time consuming, but I’ve heard that you can just spray them with a baking soda and water solution instead. That would definitely be a lot simpler, and it’s what I’ll do next time. I am already planning to make these again, but after the success of my pretzel cookies, I want to try traditional soft pretzels next! And pretzel twists. And pretzels shaped like letters. The options are endless. :) But for the Superbowl, I recommend these cute little bites – I’m sure everyone will love them!

Soft Pretzel Bites

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Soft Pretzel Bites

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil
3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt

Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and knead until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.

Oil a bowl with vegetable oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot over high heat and add the baking soda.

Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a long rope measuring about 22 inches. Cut the dough into one inch pieces. In small batches (about 15 at a time), boil the pretzel bites in the water solution for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon and place pretzel bites on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure they are not touching. Brush the tops with the egg wash and season with coarse sea salt. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to a baking rack and let rest 5 minutes before eating.

These are best warm, but are still good at room temperature. They are best served the day they're made.

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56 Responses to “Soft Pretzel Bites”

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 2, 2011 @ 4:14 am

    I am dying to make these too! They look so good.

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    Simply Life — February 2, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    oh my gosh, these look great and so professional!

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    Blog is the New Black — February 2, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    These have been on my list for forever, too! ;) Look great!

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    Cait — February 2, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    Those look great :) I may def make those for the Superbowl!

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    Autumn @Good Eats Girl — February 2, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    OMG! I am making these ASAP! They look amazing!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 2, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    These look so familiar lol ;) You're making me want to bake up another batch today! Sooo good especially when you're having a craving for something salty.

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    Olya Nikol Pishcheva — February 2, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    I want to try this! ~ xoxo

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    Ayesha97 — February 2, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    When you get around to making them again, also be sure to try wrapping the pretzels around hot dogs. My boyfriend RAVED about the pretzel dogs and is begging me to make them again!

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    CaSaundraLeigh — February 2, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    These are already on my list of things to make! Glad you enjoyed em! I can't wait to make some!

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    happywhennothungry — February 2, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Wow these look so delicious, perfect for munching on during the Super Bowl!

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    Tracey — February 2, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    Oooh, I've made these and they're fantastic! Perfect for the game.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 2, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    I've been dreaming of soft pretzels lately… And, these look like the perfect solution!

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    Abby — February 2, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    I've been wanting to make these too!!! Yours look soo good! Did you make your cheese dip? Do you have the recipe posted?

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 2, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Abby – I did make the cheese dip, but unfortunately it didn't turn out well. Next time I'd try a different recipe or just buy one that you'd buy for nachos. At least my cheese dip looked good for pictures though :)

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    SnoWhite — February 2, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    Yummy! I love soft pretzels and these bites look great.

    You'll have fun making soft pretzels, we haven't made our recipe in a while, but we love them.

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — February 2, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    I can just imagine how tasty these must be!

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    Maria — February 3, 2011 @ 12:54 am

    You know we love these:)

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    Katie@Cozydelicious — February 3, 2011 @ 1:07 am

    These look amazing! I have avoided making pretzels because of all the twisting (I know, so lazy) but these I can do! And so perfect for the super bowl. I thought I had my menu all set but I may have to add pretzel bites!

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    Holly B. — February 3, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    How much is 1 package of active dry yeast exactly? I don't live in the States. Thanks!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 3, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    Holly B. – a packet is equal to 2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast. hope you like these! :)

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    Cara — February 3, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    Wish I was snacking on these now!

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    julie — February 3, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    Megan,

    These look delicious and the sauce sends them over the top! Yum!

    I have to say that I have really been impressed with your blog as of late. You are putting out some seriously delicious recipes with beautiful snaps to boot! Way to go my friend!

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    Priyanka — February 3, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    Hi…..Please visit my blog an award is waiting for you ….. :)

  24. 24

    Maranda — February 3, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    I love soft pretzel bites dunked in nacho cheese. Yum!

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    Taylor — February 4, 2011 @ 3:52 am

    My boyfriend has been begging me to make soft pretzels for ages! These look perfect!

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    smalltownoven — February 4, 2011 @ 7:06 am

    I've never made pretzels before. I like the idea of bites though because they're less likely to be dry which is a problem I often have with normal pretzels!

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    Angie — February 4, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    I have seen these coming through many blogs…I may have to break down and try them. Soft pretzels is one of my favorite fair foods.

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    Denise R. — February 4, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    Very yummy! These look ideal for the House Party I got yesterday! Thanks for this awesome recipe!!

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    Marci — February 5, 2011 @ 1:17 am

    Yum! I am going to make these for my husbands poker game tomorrow! Question: if I want to spray the bites with the water/baking soda solution, do I still prepare the solution the same way?

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 5, 2011 @ 3:34 am

    Marci – I haven't actually tried the spraying technique, I just heard from someone else that they did it successfully. I'd probably try to keep the ratio of water to baking soda the same though. I'm guessing you could try it with small test batch of pretzels and if they don't have that distinctive pretzel taste, you could go back to boiling the rest of them. good luck!!

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    danielle — February 6, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    just made these today for the super bowl. i've been hesitant with yeast in recent years after a falling out with focaccia bread. so these were a risk. and worth the risk. delicious. and much easier than i anticipated. thanks so much!

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    Sweet and Savory by Sarah — February 7, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    Yum! I will be making these in the near future!

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    Eliana — February 10, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    Forget the SuperBowl! I could enjoy these treats all year long. They look amazing.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 18, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    danielle – so glad you liked these! And I”m glad they weren't too difficult :)

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    danielle — March 9, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    i have to add that these freeze really well – the dough that is. i get them all rolled and sliced and then throw them in the freezer. then i just pull some out – however many i need for the situation – and do the baking soda bath, brush, salt shake, and bake. couldn't taste the difference between out of the freezer or having rolled them fresh that day. i love them. thanks again!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 9, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    danielle – Great idea! I'm definitely going to do that next time. I'd love to have hot soft pretzels at a moment's notice :)

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    Molly — April 1, 2011 @ 3:24 am

    I made these a few nights ago – SO yummy but they took me FOREVER!! Between making the dough, waiting for it to rise (obviously not that labor intensive) and all the rolling, dunking, etc – it took me like 3 hours. I'd probably make them again though, I'd just recruit people to help!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — April 1, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Molly – I'm so glad you liked these! You're right, they do take forever though. Next time I think I'm going to make them into regular soft pretzels – might go quicker!

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    20311b5a-7050-11e0-9f26-000bcdcb5194 — April 26, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    I made these today and I loved them!! Two things I have to say about them. I cooked them on foil so when they came out of the oven I could slide them right off the pan and not cook the bottoms any longer. Also, I ended up cutting mine even smaller and I loved them that way! So, don't be afraid to cut them too small! They are totally delicious dipped in a bit of cheese sauce.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — April 27, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    203… – Great tips, thanks for sharing! So glad you liked these :)

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    Sippin Syrup — May 25, 2011 @ 5:44 am

    They look really good, might have to try this one. The last pretzels I made didn't have a real pretzel taste to em.

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    Anonymous — July 21, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    Did you ever try the spraying method? If so, were they just as good?

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 2, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

    Anonymous – I haven't tried it yet, but someone else told me it worked fine! :)

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    Peachie — August 11, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    Wow! these look really good and I gotta try making it as I really love all kinds of pretzels, hard or soft! :)

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    Kat — January 31, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    I tried these and although they tasted great, they stuck to the pan horribly! I did spray the pan too! I will line the pan with tin foil next time.

    • megan replied: — January 31st, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

      I’m sorry to hear they stuck to the pan! I’m glad they at least tasted good though. Maybe try parchment paper next time? I’m pretty sure I used a silicon liner which would also work. Thanks for the feedback!

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    tadmjd — February 5, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

    I made these, the queso blanco and the cookie dough dip for the Super Bowl (Yeah Giants!). The pretzels were the first thing gone and the dips were fabulous. You have great recipes up here and I look forward to trying more of them!

    • megan replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 8:45 am

      I’m so glad you liked these, and the other recipes you tried! Thanks so much for your kind comment :)

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    Rebecca G — February 21, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Hi Megan – I made these for a party this past weekend and they were a big hit! Thank you very much for sharing this recipe!

    • megan replied: — February 22nd, 2012 @ 6:13 am

      I’m so glad you liked these! I need to make these again – I want to try the traditional pretzel shape :)

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    Michelle — May 26, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    FYI, Just tried to make these. Mix baking soda and water before boiling!!! Just had an major mess in my kitchen from adding baking soda to the boiling water. My husband said it looked like a science experiment went wrong…aside from that, I stared over, I hope they turn out as good as they look!

    • megan replied: — May 28th, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

      oh no!! Thanks for the heads up. I hope the end result is worth it. :)

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    Yvonne @ bitter baker — January 13, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    I loooove pretzels! I used to live in Germany and could barely resist from getting a pretzel every time I walked past a bakery (and there are a TON of bakeries there). Now I can finally make them myself! Thanks for posting :)

    • megan replied: — January 14th, 2013 @ 10:39 am

      When we visited Germany last year I made sure to buy lots of pretzels haha – they were so good!

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